The Best and Worst Foods for Your Teeth

The Best and Worst Foods for Your Teeth

The foods we eat have a major effect on the health of our teeth. Here are some examples of the best (and worst) foods for your teeth.

Best Foods for Your Teeth

Below are some examples of foods that help promote strong and healthy teeth:

  • Milk, Cheese, Yogurt, and Other Dairy Products: Dairy products are rich in calcium, which helps strengthen and reinforce tooth enamel. Cheese assists in saliva production, which helps ensure that the environment within the mouth is regulated and protected against excessive acidity.
  • Fruits and Vegetables: Fruits and vegetables help naturally clean the teeth while you chew them, almost acting like “natural toothbrushes”. They are also high in fiber and are excellent for saliva stimulation.
  • Fluoride Water: Fluoride is a natural mineral that is extremely beneficial for strengthening and protecting the enamel of the teeth. Fluoridated drinking water provides you with the benefits of fluoride while staying hydrated!
  • Sugar-Free Gum: As the name suggests, sugar-free gum does not contain any harmful sugar. Chewing on sugar-free gum can help stimulate saliva production.

Worst Foods for Your Teeth

While some foods may promote a healthy oral environment, other foods can be quite harmful to the teeth. Foods that are bad for your teeth include:

  • Sticky/Hard Candies: Sticky candies often become trapped in between the teeth. This can lead to decay as the sugars break down the tooth enamel. Hard candies can sometimes lead to chipped or cracked teeth. Some sweet treats are okay in moderation, but it is very important to stay away from the hard or sticky types. Always brush your teeth afterward to remove any harmful sugars or acids.
  • Soft Drinks: When drinking a soft drink (soda), your teeth come in contact in harmful sugars and acids. Over time, this places the teeth at an increased risk of decay. It’s always best to reach for some water when you are thirsty, but if you do choose to drink a soft drink, always be sure to brush afterward.
  • Tea/Coffee: Tea and coffee are best enjoyed in moderation because they can be quite acidic and can be harmful to the teeth. If you choose to drink coffee or tea, be sure to finish it quickly and brush your teeth afterwards to protect your teeth.
  • Citrus Fruits: Many people enjoy snacking on lemons and limes, but citrus fruits can be extremely acidic. The high levels of acidity in citrus fruits can pose a serious risk to the enamel of the teeth.

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With the information you have learned here, you will be well-equipped for designing a tooth-friendly diet. If you are in the Toronto area and searching for the best dentist near you, search no longer! 6ix Eglinton Dental is here to provide the dental care you need.

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